DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of information technology (IT) job postings by Illinois employers jumped nearly 90 percent in the second quarter of 2015 over the prior year, according to an analysis of labor market data by CompTIA, the IT industry trade association.
Illinois employers posted 53,388 IT job openings in Q2 2015, compared to 28,312 in Q2 2014. The large majority of postings – nearly 47,000 – were in the Chicago metropolitan area.
"The number of open IT positions in Chicago, in Illinois and across the country attest to the essential role technology plays in driving economic activity, employment and innovation in virtually every industry and market," said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.
IT job postings in Q2 2015 were spread across a wide swath of industries and employers, including companies in management consulting, technology services, software development, insurance, healthcare, accounting, banking, retail, education and computer and electronics manufacturing.
"In their own unique way each of these industries is using technology to transform the way business gets done," Thibodeaux noted. "But persistent shortages of IT workers has the potential to stall growth and stifle innovation."
Broad adoption of cloud computing solutions and mobile technologies are driving much of employers' demand for new IT hires. Application and software development jobs account for six of the top 10 job titles listed in IT job postings. Network engineers and systems engineers and administrators are also in high demand among Illinois companies.
Illinois is home to more than 23,500 tech companies, employing nearly 228,000 individuals, according to CompTIA's Cyberstates 2015 report. Additionally, an estimated 272,600 people hold tech jobs in other industries. The average tech industry wage in Illinois is $91,800, significantly above the average wage for all private sector jobs in the state ($52,400).
Nationally, Illinois ranks eighth among the 50 states in overall tech employment; ranks fourth if the number of tech establishments; and fourth in the number of Q2 IT job postings.
CompTIA's philanthropic arm, the Creating IT Futures Foundation is taking on the IT workforce challenge in Illinois and elsewhere across the country through research, program development and partnering. To learn more, visit CreatingITFutures.org.